There it was. The perfect summer polish colour. Sat sweetly on a little stand on the front counter of the Clinique booth was ‘Really Rio’, one of the nail varnishes in Clinique’s new ‘sensitive skin’ range of polishes. Naturally, I wanted to test this little baby out on my nails right there and then, however I already had a dark blue on my nails, and this is when the lady on the counter chooses to swoop in. She swiftly pulled a small piece of clear sticky-tape from behind the counter, applied a generous layer to the non-sticky side and placed it over my nail. What a great trick? I know what I’m going to be putting in my bag next time I’m on the hunt for a new nail varnish!
The contrast between the coral colour and my skin tone creates a great tanning effect and the formula’s very impressive as I have had the same polish on my nails for about four days now and it’s still looking pretty perfect. I think Clinique’s on for a win on this one!
P.S. Heads up: I am going on an American Road trip for six weeks (insert Legally Blonde quote: “road trip! Ahh!”) in about a month’s time, so if any of my American readers have any suggestions of some beauty products I should pick up while I’m over there that you can’t get in England, lemme know below!
As a break from endless revision for exams I decided to pop out to mooch around some bargain shops, and what should happen but I end up coming home with a little bit of a haul! I don’t know about you, but I had no idea that there are some real beauty gems in those places, so I decided to share them with you… (Apologies if you don’t have the same shops over in other countries, but I’m sure the same bargaining principal applies!)
From ‘B+M Bargains’:
A set of three NYC nail varnishes in the shades Lincoln Center, Sidewalkers (my favourite) and Central Park – £1.99
Loreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara (I have been dying to try this out!) – £3.99
Rimmel Glam Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara (my all time favourite mascara!) – £2.99
Argon Oil Conditioner – £2.99
Aussie Volume Shampoo – £3.99
And From ‘Boyes’:
Technic Vintage Cheek and Lip Tint – £2.99
Rimmel Stay Matte Duel Action Concealer – £2.00
To start with I am going to jump right in with the obvious choice when wanting to get your tan on – fake tan! We all know that going through tubes and bottles of the stuff can get expensive, so it’s always a good idea to have an idea of a cheaper alternative in mind. Enter ‘Asda Self Tan Instant Lotion’! Before you judge, this product really is incredible – it is the most natural looking tan I have tried yet and it only costs around the £3 mark! It does not lather your body in an excessive amount of glitter particles, unlike quite a few high-end tans (it really annoys me when a brand ruin a perfectly good product with glitter as I end up walking around in the sun conscious that I look like a vampire out of the Twilight Saga!) and smells divine! All in all a really impressive product, coming in three shades, that wont break your bank even if you decide you don’t like it after one use.
(If you’re wondering, the tanning mitt in the background of the image is from Home Bargins and cost £1, to fit in with the budget fake-tan!)
Secondly, Garnier have recently launched a range of BB products including a concealer, an original BB Cream and other BB Creams targeted to specific skin types, and so far I have tried the Miracle Skin Perfector Original BB Cream. I am the shade 02 in ‘light’ (I know that on the website there is a page where you can find out your shade if you’re interested), and I have found that, due to this product being low coverage yet highly pigmented, it gives my face a natural tanned effect – perfect for those, like myself, who are a little nervous of fake-tanning their face! I find it is great for a day when you want a summer glow in your face, with a low coverage base to avoid appearing cakey in the sun.
The less obvious choice out of the three is a nail varnish by Essie in the colour ‘Fiji’. I first saw this on the stands in Boots and decided to pick it up purely for the name: I lived in Fiji for a few months when I was younger and it was one of the best times in my life so far! Then the hype happened. I recon that everybody and their dog walker (what haha!) has heard of this summery varnish; a pretty pastel pink that, I realised after purchasing it, is named Fiji because of its natural tanning qualities. The contrast between my natural skin tone and the off-white pink made my skin appear darker than usual so is going to be my go-to nail varnish of this summer!
So there you have it, a few products that will help to achieve a natural tan in the run up to summer! Ladies, it time to tan up!’
Quick Review: 4/5
Not So Quick Review:
I have coveted Topshop’s ‘Hidden Treasure’ for ages…and, for Christmas, I finally got the loot!
I was enchanted by the variety of colours in the one bottle: blues, greens, gold, even orange. I found it a couple of weeks ago when, as usual, I was stood in Topshop peeking at all the nail varnish names. It sounds silly, but I really think they are hilarious! And what sounds even sillier is that, when I saw this particularly capturing polish, the name ‘Hidden Treasure’ sealed the deal as it fit this polish perfectly!
However, I did have to debate whether I should knock off one point from being 5/5 on my Quick Review due to how quickly the colour chipped off my nails. I decided I should, just to be completely honest in this review, but just know that this product is worth even a day of people commenting on your ‘treasured’ nail polish!
Quick Review: 5/5
Not So Quick Review:
This pretty popping-pink polish (like what I did there?) has a gorgeous glimmering (there it is again!) sheen that gives the intense colour that extra little something. It’s the perfect accessory to the neutral colours of this dreary seasons fashion and helps to brighten up any outfit.
I really love this varnish; therefore its large bottle and non-chip formula is an added bonus, meaning that it won’t run out for a long time.
I will definitely be checking out the website for more… and I think you should too!